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Vauxhall International North West 200 – Facts Round Up

Full round up of many a different fact, from the 2016 Vauxhall International North West 200.

Following their superstock and superbike victories, Ian Hutchinson moves onto 21 international road race victories, Michael Dunlop moves onto 23 international road race victories.

Bruce Anstey was the only Honda mounted rider, competing in the superstock races.

The Kawasaki challenge in the second supersport, superstock and superbike races, was lead by Peter Hickman who clinched third, second and fourth place finishes.

Ivan Lintin’s super twin victories, saw him join a select group of riders to have been victorious at the Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix and North West 200.

Nine riders lapped in excess of 120 mph, during the opening superbike race.

Six out of the first seven finishers in the opening superstock race, where S1000RR BMW mounted.

The late but great Malachi Mitchell Thomas, lead the Honda challenge in the second supersport race, finishing a fantastic fourth.

Suzuki’s challenge in the super twin races, was lead both times by Dunlop Racing’s Callum Laidlaw.

Only two GSX-R 600 Suzuki mounted riders competed in the second supersport race, they where Thomas Gottschalk and Andrew Sellars.

This years North West 200, marked 22 years since John McGuinness made his debut around the Triangle.

During the opening superbike race, Bruce Anstey went through the speed trap on lap two, at an astonishing 209.8 mph!

Seven manufacturers where represented at the opening international road race of the year, they where Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, BMW, Bimota and Triumph.

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Photo by Rod Neill

Michael Dunlop’s new outright lap record of 123.207 mph, makes him currently the only rider to have lapped in excess of 123 mph, at the Giant Causeway based meeting.

Ian Hutchinson is the new superstock lap record holder, following lap speed of 122.702, whilst Alastair Seeley’s new supersport lap record, stands at 117.835 mph.

Words by Stevie Rial

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